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Old 12-03-2009, 11:41 PM   #1
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Coil Spacers - but no springs?

I'm looking at a local 97 jeep. I plan on taking this thing offroad. I'm being told that it has the following:

31" All terrain tires
2" suspension lift (polyurethane coil spacers)
Brand new pro comp steering stabilizer
K&N air filter
Flowmaster 40 exhaust
Rough Country wheel spacers

I noticed that it has the coil spacers - but - when questioned - I'm told that longer springs were NOT put in. Anyone see any issues with this?

I realize that the springs should be lengthened, but, is it a problem if it wasn't? Also, the coil spacers have lifted the vehicle - but - by how much (2")? If I was to replace the springs with longer springs - would that increase the vehicle by another 2" (making it a 4" lift)?

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No that is what the spacer is used for. To add lift by not doing much work. They do work some like them some don't. I really don't see a problem in them tho. Yes if you did a 2in budget boost (BB) it would make it a total of 4in suspension lift. I would just do the 4in suspension lift if you were going to do it.

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Old 12-04-2009, 12:16 AM   #3
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It sounds like he installed the budget boost (just the 2" spacers). Has anyone had a problem with this? Does it work fine? I do plan on taking this offroading. Is this going to cause a problem?
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It sounds like he installed the budget boost (just the 2" spacers). Has anyone had a problem with this? Does it work fine? I do plan on taking this offroading. Is this going to cause a problem?
I don't think it'll cause any problems...lots of people do it. You'll just have to drive it and find out if you like it or not. And if you don't, you'll need to remove the spacers and put on the spring lift of your choice.
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Hopefully the PO installed the correct length shocks to complement the 2" gain by the BB spacers - thus taking advantage of the increased articulation range. Usually a BB kit has spacers and shocks included, but the spacers can be purchased individually, sans shocks.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:52 AM   #6
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The spacer is going to change the amount of spring that can come into play when flexing, so yeah, it will affect the ride and handling. If you are doing any serious wheeling, get a proper suspension lift. However, if your wheeling consists of mostly double tracks and beach and the like, the less expensive option isn't such a bad idea.
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The spacer is going to change the amount of spring that can come into play when flexing, so yeah, it will affect the ride and handling. If you are doing any serious wheeling, get a proper suspension lift. However, if your wheeling consists of mostly double tracks and beach and the like, the less expensive option isn't such a bad idea.
It won't really "change" the amount of spring - it just won't increase it.

The "Budget Boost" is a great first step. You get a bit more clearance, there are no real negative complications, and the stock Jeep is amazingly capable off road. If/when you decide to go another route, those little hockey pucks are super easy to remove.

They also don't usually have "previous owner" problems - some more complicated lifts can come with bad issues from the previous owner's poor install. And people with big lifts tend to bash their rigs a lot more.
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Thanks a lot all. I do plan on taking this vehicle off road quite a bit. This is the main purpose of the rig.

Its good to know that I won't damage anything with just the spacers. That's my biggest concern.

What would one recommend as a good suspension upgrade? I'm not looking to do ANYTHING else - no gearing change - no axle upgrades. I also don't want to make it unsafe on the road.

What is a "good" lift? 2 inch? 3 inch? 4 inch? I also do not want to install a body lift. I don't plan on using this anything for offroading - and only plan on going a handful of times a year (once a month tops).

Cheap (money wise) is a HUGE plus. I don't need anything over the top - just a nice suspension lift would do. Any suggestions?
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Did you play like a gennaro played? Sorry, couldn't resist. Check out the lift sticky in the TJ thread, and you'll get all the opinions on lifts that you want.
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Cheap (money wise) is a HUGE plus. I don't need anything over the top - just a nice suspension lift would do. Any suggestions?
Cheap and good are really tough to pull off together. You've already got the 2" budget boost. Everything else starts getting complicated and expensive.

Why not just put good tires on it and go wheeling for a while? You do NOT need a suspension lift or huge tires, at least not until the local "bad roads" and trails start getting too tame.

I would much rather put that money into a set of good tires, a winch, and a bunch of gas.

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